The other day I was treated to a special tour through a brand new business in Huntsville, The Vibe Downtown. Located at 125 Northside Square, it is conveniently located downtown in a beautiful urban-historic building.
Branded and managed by Jonathan Pease, and decorated by Amanda Dorsett, The Vibe Downtown is a warm and inviting place to get together with others and work – or a quiet and productive place to escape!
Maybe you have a looming deadline, and the entire family tree has invaded your home. There’s no way you are going to get anything done with constant interruptions, or that relative’s yapping dog! What are you going to do?
A lot of people would head straight to the coffee shop or book store to use the wifi and get a cup of coffee and then attempt to get work done.
How many times have you gone to the coffee shop with your laptop, after searching for a table to no avail – found a little chair along the wall and attempted to get to work? You finally get connected to their wifi, and it takes 5 minutes for the webpage to load. Then 15 minutes into working, your computer warns you that the battery is about to die.
Cue outlet search.
Now here you are lugging your laptop around, with cord in hand searching for the ONE outlet that the store provides for customers and sure enough, someone is already there and greedily using both of the sockets for his multiple devices?
As Jonathan said to me the other day, most coffee shops and book stores don’t really want you to stay. They aren’t set up to be inviting and make things easy to be productive.
That’s where The Vibe Downtown is different. They have “wicked fast” internet, with a wireless printer, tables for you to work on, and outlets galore.
Say you have a group of co-workers or friends that want to get together for a planning meeting, or you want to teach a class to a group and have no space to accommodate. This Collaboration Room may be the perfect solution. This room has several tables to work at, it is a great space to get some work done and well…collaborate! And if you would rather curl up on the sofa to work, you will find several handy lap-desks available in each room to suit your needs.
If you are looking for something more intimate and private, there are two smaller rooms to choose from. This New York room has a modern and contemporary feel.
I absolutely love the elegance mixed with rustic. The bare brick walls with all of their history combined with the delicateness of chandeliers.
Their other intimate room has a softer feel to it. Inviting chairs that have wheels so you can position them just the way you like. This room even has a series of “cubbies” in that beautiful chest of drawers where if you find yourself coming to visit quite often, you can claim one to store your pens and notepads and such.
Additionally, all around you are surrounded by beautiful photographic art from Malanya Monette. See a piece that you just have to have? You’ll be able to purchase them.
“What about coffee?”
Check! The space includes coffee from local roaster Shannon King. They plan in the future to have their own exclusive roast from her – “Morning Vibe” which will be available for purchase.
Amanda knows that not everyone is a “quite space” kind of person. Some people like to have activity around them while they are being productive. There are two spaces for just those people. These spaces are open aired with a desk around the area, office supplies and of course, several outlets for your devices. On each end of the large area is a television for those that like to multitask, and throughout The Vibe Downtown there is ambient music playing – just enough to create a welcoming environment, without invading your thoughts.
This creative space strikes the perfect balance between the constructive elegance of an executive environment and the comforts of home.
The Vibe Downtown is currently available for $6 an hour, $15 a day, or $250 for an entire month. This modest rate includes all the coffee and water you desire, a beautiful place to be creative, quiet or social, and very soon will be available 24 hours a day with key card access.
So why spend $5 for a bad cup of coffee, noisy customers and an unwelcoming environment, when for almost the same price you can have all this?